As you all know, November is the month when thousands of people sit down to write. Caffeine flows freely and hopefully, words flow just as freely.
I started the month with one idea, and now at the midway point, I have switched paths. But I wanted to give a quick rundown of each project here, since they are both different for me in a variety of ways.
NaNo Novel 1:
This book is told in the first person, alternating between a modern narrator and historical journal entries in another voice.
I'd call it a paranormal tinged mystery.
I wrote over 20,000 words on this project before inspiration struck. (I blame it on the cold meds this weekend).
NaNo Novel 2:
This book is told in third person limited, something I've not tried since the first year I did NaNo in 2009. After just three days of writing, this novel clocks in at 10,676 words. If I keep up at this pace, I should be able to reach 50k on this project even with my late start.
I'd call this a romance (another big change for me) with paranormal/fantastic elements.
Now, it's tempting for me to combine the word counts and proclaim that I am over 30,000 words already, but I don't want to do that. Novel 1 was becoming a slog, and I've learned over the years that it is okay to abandon a book for an undetermined amount of time. I may come back to it, but right now the story that is demanding to be told is Novel 2, so I will surrender myself to my muse (and reread "Twilight" to learn how to write a teen romance).
Make sure you check out the other Birth of a Novel bloggers to see where the journey is taking them: